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APA Focus
The Official Newsletter of the Academic Pediatric Association

Volume 53, Issue 1 January 2016
PHM 2015
President's Message

Mark

As we begin the new year, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of our members for your ongoing commitment to children and families and to our organization. I also want to acknowledge the efforts of all of our colleagues who lead our special interest groups and regions, core programs and task forces, plan professional development meetings for learners, trainees and faculty, and serve on the Board. And I want to recognize the partnership of Connie Mackay, Karen Raetz, Laura Degnon, and of all of the staff of Degnon Associates who work with us to ensure the success of all of these activities.

In November the Board held the fall meeting focusing on strategic conversations and the review of budget proposals to support ongoing and new initiatives. To support these discussions, we have implemented a process of internal review for our core programs in collaboration with the program leaders to assess outcomes and plan for sustainability and adaptation to meet the current needs of our members. We also began conversations about the timing for our next strategic planning process. As always, we will be looking to you to share your ideas about ways we can enhance the organization and what we do to meet our mission. More to come in the coming month...

Members of the Board have been incredibly busy serving on the planning committee for the 2016 PAS meeting. Many thanks to Judy Shaw, Elisa Zenni, Latha Chandran, Karen Wilson, Jon Finkelstein and Mary Ottolini for their important contributions on the committee and for their representation of the APA. And, of course, thank you to all of you who participated in the review of workshops and abstracts and helped to shape this year's learning program. Judy and Steve Selbst have also agreed to participate in strategic planning for the PAS meeting, ensuring the voice and needs of our members are a part of the important decisions about future directions for the meeting. Additional representatives from the APA will also have the opportunity to contribute to this process. Please look for opportunities to express your opinions to support the process.

I want to end by sharing an exciting announcement about one of the decisions made at this fall's meeting. Thanks to the leadership of Steve Shelov, David Keller, and Bob Vinci and their efforts to engage others in contributing to this effort, an award honoring Joel Alpert will be presented at the presidential plenary in Baltimore for the best abstract in underserved medicine.

I continue to be honored to serve the organization and to work with each of you. I look forward to all that we will accomplish together on behalf of the APA!

Happy New Year,
Maryellen

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APA New Members

Welcome to all of the new APA Members!

Yahya Almushki
Marc Atkins
Maria Demma Cabral
Melissa Carbajal
Laurie Carter
Juan Chaparro
Ian Chua
Colleen Claassen
Edward Cruz
John Darby
Sarah Davidson
Margarita (Margie) Diaz-Ochu
Zarina Dohadwala
Jennifer Doty
Gladys Felix
Megan Flynn
Michael Fox
Theresa Frey
Nicholas Gage
Tamara Gayle
Jessica Goldstein
Charu Gupta
Denise Hasson
Marieka Helou
Lori Herbst
Sarah Hilgenberg
Erik Hoefgen
Robin Horak
Vicki Iannotti
Haneme Idrizi
Neha Joshi
Amrik Singh Khalsa
Jillian Klein
Joanna Lewis
Linda Lombardino
Elizabeth MacLean
Rebecca Maldonado
Christopher Mehus
Anna Miller-Fitzwater
Angela Moemeka
Ross Myers
Beverly Nazarian
Natalie Nokoff
Melissa Pawelczak
Pierre-Philippe Piche-Renaud
Nicholas Potisek
Debra Regier
Jack Rusley
Lana Schapiro
Margaret Scheffler
Yael Smiley
Elvera Sofos
Emily Sterrett
Tatyana Vayngortin
Jennifer Walls
David Washington
Sheemon Zackai

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Upcoming Conferences

APA Regional Meetings

APA Region I
March 14, 2016
Boston, MA

APA Region II/III
March 11, 2016
New York, NY

APA Region IV
February 19 - 20, 2016
Charlottesville, VA

APA Region V
March 11 - 12, 2016
Peoria, IL

APA Region VI
September 30, 2016
St. Louis, MO

APA Region VII/VIII
February 18 - 20, 2016
New Orleans, LA

APA Region IX/X
January 30 - 31, 2016
Monterey, CA

APA Quality Improvement Research Conference
OI 2016

6th Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children's Health Care Research Conference
April 29, 2016
Hilton Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2016
PAS 2016

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2016
April 30 - May 3, 2016
Baltimore, MD

2016 Pediatric Hospital Medicine
PHM 2016

2016 Pediatric Hospital Medicine
July 28 - 31, 2016
Hilton Baltimore
Baltimore, MD




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Core Activities
Academic Pediatrics: Call for Systematic and Narrative Reviews

The APA journal, Academic Pediatrics, now regularly publishes systematic reviews and is calling for submissions of systematic reviews concerning health care delivery, public policy, education & professional development, or research methodology.

We expect submissions to be highly structured investigations that follow the latest methodology for systematic reviews. Of course, such submissions will undergo the same level of rigorous peer‐review as do other submissions to the journal. Nonetheless, junior investigators can master the methods of systematic review and use such an investigation to launch their efforts in a direction of inquiry.

In addition Academic Pediatrics offers authors an alternative to publish narrative reviews on such topics in health care delivery, public policy, education & professional development, or research methodology that have only a fragmentary evidence base, such as emerging issues, singular events, or new approaches.

Those interested in pursuing such an investigation with the intention to publish in Academic Pediatrics may contact the section editor, for more information.

Robert M Jacobson, MD
MayoClinic, Desk Ba3b
200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905-0001
ph: 507‐538‐1642
fax: 507‐284‐9744
email: jacobson.robert@mayo.edu

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Academic General Pediatric Fellowship Accreditation Committee (AGPAC)

The AGPAC will be conducting a survey in January 2016 of all academic general and hospitalist fellowship programs across the United States and Canada in order to update the Academic Pediatric Association website. The survey focuses on general information about the programs along with data that potential applicants would find useful to know. The committee has also been actively reviewing applications for accreditation as well as reviewing several programs submissions for re-accreditation. The committee functions similarly to the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Board but is unique in offering consultations to academic general pediatric fellowship programs who wish to be accredited. The committee's goal is to help programs in their training of future academicians.

The AGPAC will also be hosting a pre-PAS Academic General Pediatric Fellowship meeting entitled: Launching Your Academic Career. The conference will include sessions on topics such as negotiation, seeking and preparing your job application materials, as well as having time set aside to network with leaders in academic general pediatrics and hospital medicine. Fellow participants will also participate in small group discussions about their project and get feedback from peers and senior faculty.

The conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, April 28th from 1:30-7:00 pm. The meeting is free and is open to all pediatric fellows who wish to attend. Scholarships will be provided to all fellows in accredited academic general or hospitalist fellowship programs to defray the cost of the extra night lodging.

Teri Turner, MD, MPH
Committee Chair
Baylor College of Medicine
tturner@bcm.edu

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BORN: Project Updates

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With multiple projects in various phases, this is a very exciting time for BORN!

Vitamin K Survey
This study sought perspectives from nursery directors to better understand the scope of the problem regarding refusal of prophylactic intramuscular (IM) Vitamin K in newborns in the United States. We received over a 90% response rate from BORN member nurseries! Thank you for your input and enthusiasm! We are currently exploring funding options to translate the results into a one-time medical record review study at BORN sites.

Variation in Care of Opioid- Exposed Newborns
BORN identified Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) as an important issue to address in the next few years. As a first step, we developed a survey to assess the variation in care BORN nurseries are providing. The overall plan is to use the results of this survey for a publication and, more importantly, to inform a study design that directly measures outcomes in NAS babies. This survey is still active, so if your nursery has not yet submitted a response feel free to contact Beth King at beth@academicpeds.org for the link and your BORN ID.

Practice Variation in Evaluation of Term Infants at Risk for Early-Onset Sepsis
Early onset sepsis has also been identified as a priority for investigation by BORN members and an area of significant local practice variation. Like the NAS survey, we plan to use the results to support future investigations of how practice variation impacts health outcomes. This survey is a straightforward review of the approaches your nursery is currently using and takes less than 10 minutes. If your nursery hasn't submitted a response yet beth@academicpeds.org can resend your practice-specific link.

Thanks to our members for making these projects a success!

BRING YOUR STUDY IDEAS TO THE NEXT BORN MEETING!
Please plan to attend the BORN pre- PAS meeting in Baltimore in the Spring (more details to come). BORN is committed to advancing research driven by the priorities of our members. We will discuss project ideas and help develop your submission for a project proposal at the upcoming annual meeting, so we encourage you to submit ideas now.

Formal proposals can be submitted at any time: BORN Proposal Form

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Educational Scholars Program

APA Educational Scholars Program (ESP) Newsletter
January 2016

ESP's 10th Anniversary Celebration
The ESP will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary at the PAS meeting in 2016 in Baltimore. The Planning Committee is made up of graduates from earlier ESP cohorts, led by Co-Chairs Melissa Klein and Barry Solomon. Dr. Maryellen Gusic, current APA President, will give the Keynote Address, and several graduates will talk about their experiences in the ESP and how it has contributed to their later careers. This celebration will allow us to reflect on the past and take pride in the many accomplishments of the program, as well as think about the future of the ESP.

Cohort 8 will begin in April 2016
The ESP has just completed selection of 26 new scholars. Many thanks to our large team of 31 reviewers, led by Cohort 8 Leader, Hans Kersten. Your efforts help to make our program a success!

Cohort 8 comes from all parts of the US, and includes 12 general pediatricians/generalist-hospitalists, 12 pediatric hospitalists, and 11 subspecialists (with several scholars in overlapping categories). Thirteen hold educational leadership positions at their home institutions. Topics for scholars' projects are varied and creative: e.g. using parents are educators in end-of-life care, a randomized controlled trial of a curriculum to de-escalate angry caregivers, collaborative relationship-building between nurses and interns, using debates to teach evidence-based medicine on controversial topics, addressing implicit bias in learners, and evaluating an LGBTQ curriculum for medical students.

We are delighted to welcome this new cohort to the ESP family! Cohort 8 scholars will convene for the first time at ESP Day on April 29, an all-day session before the PAS meeting begins.

ESP Curriculum improvements
We have decided on an important curricular change this year that is focused on helping scholars to jump start their ESP work in advance of the PAS meeting. We will begin Cohort 8's learning with ESP LAUNCH, which will begin in February and include four activities: 1) networking with peers and talking with their faculty advisors, 2) becoming familiar with the structure and resources on the APA-ESP Portal, our online program management platform, 3) refining their thinking about their proposed projects by conducting a formal literature search and identifying useful conceptual frameworks, and 4) completing a project planning tool. The planning tool will be used to help scholars share their project ideas with peers on the ESP Day teaching session.

Another curriculum change will be integrating more interactive activities into ESP Day. This year, for example, scholars will be learning about planning a scholarly project first in the ESP LAUNCH curriculum, and then through structured small group discussions of their projects on ESP Day. Next year, we plan to make similar changes in our teaching curriculum on writing scholarly articles.

NOTE: The next ESP application cycle will be in 2017. We recruit in two years out of every three, and 2016 is an off-year.

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New Century Scholars Program

Two New Co-Directors Selected for the New Century Scholars Program

We are excited to announce two new co-directors for the New Century Scholars (NCS) program.  V. Faye Jones and Rachel J. Thornton will start as co-directors in January, 2016.  A brief bio of each co-director is below:

V. Faye Jones is the Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Louisville (UL). She is responsible for conceptualizing, defining and cultivating the diversity vision on the Health Sciences Center campus. She is a Tenured Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and serves as the Associate Division Chief for General Pediatrics.  She has multiple publications and has given presentations at regional, national and international venues. Dr. Jones is active in the community as well as in national organizations including the Family Scholar House. She received her B.S. from Western Kentucky University. She obtained her M.D. from the University of Louisville (UL) and subsequently received her M.S.P.H and Ph.D from UL.

Rachel J. Thornton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is also a former New Century Scholar (2005-2007).  Dr. Thornton is committed to addressing disparities in health and healthcare and to advocating on behalf of underrepresented minority trainees at all levels of medical education. As a researcher, Dr. Thornton has NIH funding to conduct research focused on addressing racial/ethnic disparities in obesity and cardiovascular disease risk among children and adolescents. She has numerous publications. Moreover, she is a former White House Fellow.   She obtained her M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her PhD in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Currently, the Board position overseeing the NCS program is the Chair of SIGs and NCS. Starting in May, the NCS program will fall under the new board position - Chair of Membership, Diversity, and Inclusion. This new position will be filled by Tumaini Coker.

Chair of NCS and SIGs
Darcy Thompson, MD, MPH
University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus - Mail Stop F561
Denver, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-7471
Darcy.Thompson@childrenscolorado.org

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PRIS
PRIS Logo

In October, the PRIS Executive Council met via conference call to discuss adding new members to the Executive Council. Several distinguished hospitalists were nominated to be council members, and late in the month, PRIS Chair Dr. Raj Srivastava extended invitations to three of them to join. We enthusiastically welcome Drs. Lisa McLeod (University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital of Colorado), Derek Williams (Vanderbilt) and Chris Bonafide (CHOP) to the PRIS Executive Council! We look forward to working with each of them and are excited for the extensive experience and insight they will bring to our team. We plan to get our new council members on-boarded and up to speed at our annual meeting in Park City, UT on Feb. 9-10, 2016.

This fall, the I-PASS Study continued at full speed. The I-PASS team presented at Grand Rounds across the country. Presentations included "The I-PASS Study: Standardizing the Handoff Process to Improve Patient Care and Safety", "Improving Physician Handoffs in the Age of Computerized Medicine", "Better Handoffs, Safer Care: Implementing I-PASS to Improve Patient Handoffs and Enhance Patient Safety" and "Game On! How the I-PASS Study Group Achieved Patient Safety Goals and Promoted Professional Development and Scholarship".

Drs. Rosenbluth, Jacolbia, Milev, et al. published an article titled "Half-life of a printed handoff document" in the BMJ Quality and safety Journal. Dr. Jennifer O’Toole presented a "Panel about handoffs" at the American Academy of Pediatrics National conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC on October 25, 2015. Nurses Laura Rossi and Gino Chisari and Dr. David Shahian from Massachusetts general hospitals, presented their "Improving Safety during Care Transitions" Workshop at the Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. December 8, 2015. Drs. Amy Starmer, Glenn Rosenbluth, Alina Popa, and Jeffrey Schnipper workshop for the Society of Hospital Medicine annual meeting "Strategies for Implementing a Successful Handoff Program for Hospitalists: Lessons learned from the SHM-IPASS Mentored Implementation Program" has been accepted and is scheduled for March 6-9, 2016 at San Diego, CA.

Members of the I-PASS consultation group continue active engagements to facilitate the implementation of the I-PASS Program at Mass General Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital and MD Anderson, UVM, and VA hospitals.  Members of the I-PASS Institute also continue work on a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) partnering with the Society of Hospital Medicine to provide mentored implementation of the I-PASS Program in 32 institutions (16 adult and 16 pediatric).  In addition, they continue work on a project titled, "Bringing I-PASS to the Bedside:  A Communication Bundle to Improve Patient Safety and Experience".  This project is funded by a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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Regions
Region I

Here in New Haven, the mornings are crisp, morning runners and dog walkers on Orange Street have traded shorts and T-shirts for fleece, and West Rock Park has a liberal pre-peak smattering of foliage colors. There is no doubt what season it is: Abstract Season.

As your Region I Co-Chairs, we are happy to announce the date and location of this year's Regional Conference. We will be returning to Boston, this time in a larger venue, The Inn at Longwood Medical, adjacent to Children's Boston. Our new space will allow even more dialog during the poster sessions, and foster region-wide networking. The date of the meeting is Monday, March 14, and the planning committee is busily firming this year's theme and recruiting the invited plenary speakers. Please mark your calendars.

As it is abstract season, we encourage all trainees and faculty members to submit their abstracts to the meeting. Next month, we will launch our abstract submission process. This will align submission of abstracts to the regional conference with submission to the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. The regional conference is, among other things, an outstanding venue to hone presentations for national meetings.

In conclusion, enjoy what is a fantastic season across our region. We'll be in touch soon.

Mark Cicero, MD
Yale Pediatrics
604 Chapel Street #5
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 444-9786
mark.cicero@yale.edu

Matthew Sadof, MD
Baystate Medical Center Children's Hospital
140 High Street C Level
Springfield, MA 01199
Phone: (413) 794-2052
matthew.sadof@bhs.org

Amy Starmer, MD
Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard Medical School
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 355-0673
amy.starmer@childrens.harvard.edu

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Region II/III

Save the date for the upcoming Region II/III meeting which will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the New York University School of Medicine in New York, NY!  

We have an exciting day of events planned.

Our key note speaker will be Dr. Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, an emergency medicine physician at Boston Children's Hospital and the co-founder of an injury prevention research group studying violence, firearms and legislative interventions to decrease injuries and fatalities. Dr. Fleegler will be speaking to us about gun violence prevention in his presentation entitled "Violence and Medicine; Firearms and Public Health".

We also have three fantastic workshops planned:

1. Quality improvement research workshop entitled: Lean Concepts Applied to Healthcare: A Hands-on Quality Improvement Workshop about the '8 Wastes'

- Dr. Michael L. Rinke, MD, PhD, the Medical Director of Quality and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

- Dr.  Robert Angert, MD, the Assistant Medical Director of Quality at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and a clinical Neonatologist.

2. Clinical workshop entitled: Creating Healthy Smiles for At-Risk Children: How to start (and maintain!) a successful oral health program in your pediatric medical home.

- Katie McPeak, MD, the Medical Director for the Center for the Urban Child at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine.

- Priya Patel, MD, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine and a general pediatrician at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Center for the Urban Child.

3. Educational workshop entitled: Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills in Academic Medicine.

- Latha Chandran MD, MPH, the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Founding Director of the Academy of Clinical and Educational Scholars (ACES) and Professor of Pediatrics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, in Stony Brook, NY.

- Janet E. Fischel, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Stony Brook Children's Hospital.

We hope many APA members from Region II/III will be able to attend our Regional meeting!

We are also delighted to announce, on behalf of our Region II Young Investigator Grant Coordinator, Nora Esteban-Cruciani, that the winner of this year's Region II Young Investigator Award is Alexander F. Glick, MD, a fellow in Academic General Pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine (mentor: H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS).  Dr. Glick will receive $1500 in support of his project, entitled "Investigating the Role of Health Literacy in Parent Understanding and Execution of Discharge Instructions: A First Step to Identifying Strategies to Prevent Post-Hospitalization Morbidity."

If you are interested in helping us plan the Region II/III meeting or other Region II activities, or have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please e-mail us and let us know!

Rachel Gross, MD, MS
Children's Hospital at Montefiore
3444 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
Phone: (718) 920-2655 
rgross@montefiore.org

Sylvia Lim, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Children's Hospital at Montefiore
32-71 46th Street
Long Island City, NY 11103
Phone: (718) 920-5495 
slim@montefiore.org

Hsiang Yin, MD
NYU School of Medicine
11 Lincoln Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (347) 432-6380 
Hsiang.Yin@nyumc.org

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Region IV

Greetings Region 4,

Just a friendly reminder about the upcoming Region 4 conference. Registration is filling up fast! Please register and ask a colleague to register as well. Don't forget your medical students, residents, and fellows.

If you have submitted abstracts to PAS, we strongly encourage you to submit your abstract to the regional conference. It's a great event to practice and receive valuable feedback!

The Region 4 conference online registration and abstract submission site is open. More information about the upcoming APA Region 4 conference in February....

The 2016 Academic Pediatric Association Region IV Annual Conference website for registration and abstract submission is now open!

Please forward this message to all academic general or hospitalist pediatric faculty, fellows, residents and medical students at your institution as this meeting is a great venue for networking and connecting with other academic general pediatricians in the Mid-Atlantic region.

  • Our meeting will be from 11AM Saturday, February 20 to noon on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Omni Hotel, Charlottesville (212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902).
  • To register, visit our website: https://www.academicpeds.org/secure/meeting/region4meeting/index.cfm
  • For hotel accommodations, please call the Omni hotel directly at 1-800-THE-OMNI. You must mention the group name: Academic Pediatric Association and book by Saturday, February 6, 2015 (5PM) to receive the discounted room rate of $163 (plus taxes and fees). The group rate is available for the nights of February 19-20, 2015.

Meeting Highlights:

  • Keynote Address How Do I Know I Am Teaching Effectively? By Larrie Greenberg, MD
  • APA National Update
  • Washington, DC Update from Bob Hall
  • New this year---Speed Mentoring: Modeled after the successes at PAS and PHM, we will have designated mentors in the areas of career development, clinical research, educational scholarship and teaching skills development, health services research, leadership skills, quality improvement scholarship, balancing research and clinical duties, and community based research. Mentees will have chance to visit each of the mentors that they have chosen. It will be a fast paced 60 minutes! When you register, don't forget to complete the Survey Monkey to identify yourself as a mentor or a mentee.
  • Original research and advocacy presentations: This is a chance for trainees and faculty to "test the waters" on their presentations before PAS. Plus, there will be PAS travel awards for winning trainee presentations.
  • Breakfast with the Professors: Great opportunity for informal mentoring on a variety of topics important to consider early on in an academic pediatric career.

Details about abstract submission: Guidelines for abstract submission can be downloaded from the registration website: https://www.academicpeds.org/secure/meeting/region4meeting/index.cfm. However, all presenters of selected abstracts must eventually register and pay the registration fee to present, and presentation is required to be considered for a trainee award.

Looking forward to seeing you there, Saturday, February 20 to Sunday, February 21, 2016 at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, VA.

Regards,
The APA Region IV Meeting Planning Committee
Kate Connor, John Harrington, Chris Russo, Rebecca Carlin, Carl Seashore, Melissa Long, Megan Tschudy, and Cliff Lee

APA Region IV Co-Chairs

Clifton Lee, MD, FAAP, FHM
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
4831 Lippingham Dr
Chester, VA 23831
Phone: (804) 536-3236
clee1944@gmail.com

Carl Seashore, MD
UNC Chapel Hill
231 MacNider Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: (919) 966-2504
cseashor@med.unc.edu

Megan Tschudy, MD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
960 Fell St #103
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (202) 276-3240
mtschud1@jhmi.edu

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Region V

Dear APA Region V,

Hope everyone had a festive holiday season and some time off to spend with loved ones.  Welcome to 2016!!  We have a lot going on in our region as we are preparing for our first webinar in January/February 2016 as well as upcoming regional meeting to be held March 11-12 in Peoria, IL.  We have put together a solid program and have many resident/fellow trainees presenting their amazing work.  We had nearly 30 submissions for this meeting and are happy to announce our winners:

Original Scientific Research-- Fellow
1st Place:  Dr. John Hutton (Cincinnati Children's Hospital)
2nd Place: Dr. Muhammad Ansari (Luthern General Hospital)
3rd Place:  Dr. Aarti Amlani (Advocate Children's Hospital)

Original Scientific Research-Resident
1st Place:  Shilpa Vasishta (M4) (University of Chicago)
2nd Place:  Dr. Stephan Edwardson (Dayton Children's Hospital)
3rd Place: Katsuaki Kojima (Michigan State University)

Case Presentation
1st Place: Dr. Anushi Shah (University of Illinois-Peoria)
2nd Place: Dr. Erica Owchar (University of Illinois-Peoria)
3rd Place: Dr. Alissa Conde (University of Illinois-Peoria)

Many congrats to all of our trainees who submitted work and we look forward to hearing about all of their research and honoring them at the upcoming regional meeting in March.  So we invite you all to come and meet them!  Registration will be open soon and we look forward to hosting all of you, learn a little, and network.

I would be remiss if I didn't thank the many of you who assisted in reviewing the many abstracts as this would not have been possible without your help.  I specifically would like to personally thank the following individuals (in no particular order):

Advocate: Kimberley Dilley
Akron Children's: Wendy Van Ittersum
Case Western: Ross Myers
Cincinnati Children's: Chris Peltier, Amrik Khalsa, Kristen Copeland, Sherine Patterson-Rose, Robert Siegel
Cleveland Clinic: Elaine Schulte, Lydia Furman, Prabhi Rajbhanduri
Indiana: Michael McKenna, Laurie Wilkie, Kimberly Schneider
Michigan State: Bill Stratbucker
University of Chicago: Lisa McQueen
University of Illinois-Peoria: Amy Christison, Michael Tarantino, Elsa Vasquez-Melendez, Bhavana Kandikattu, Michele Beekman, Jawad Javed

Please don't forget to mark in your calendars for the Regional Breakfast this spring at the PAS Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

Finally I would like to introduce to you all and welcome Dr. Kimberly Schneider from Indiana University who has joined on-board as the 3rd Co-Chair of Region V.  Kimberly is a pediatric hospitalist and the Associate Director for the Hospitalist Fellowship Program. 

Look forward to seeing you at the Regional Meeting.

Sincerely,
Region V Co-Chairs:

M. Jawad Javed, MD
Children's Hospital of Illinois
11129 N. Stone Creek Dr.
Dunlap, IL 61525
Phone: (309) 634-9811 
Muhammad.J.Javed@osfhealthcare.org

Chris Peltier, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
4371 Ferguson Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone: (513) 752-3650 
Chris.Peltier@cchmc.org

Kimberly Schneider, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
790 Foxboro Dr
Avon, IN 46123
Phone: (317) 948-2700 
kschneider@iuhealth.org

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Region VI

PAS Baltimore is quickly approaching!
The Region VI Breakfast is Monday, May 2, 2016 from 7-8 a.m. Please plan on attending to hear updates from around the Region, meet new colleagues, and learn about plans for the coming year.

Also while at PAS, keep an eye out for posters, platforms, and workshops from Region VI (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri). All can benefit from feedback, and everyone has worked hard to present at PAS, so take a few minutes and learn about what they are working on.

Consider a term as a Region Co-Chair
A great way to network with colleagues from across the region (and country), build meaningful partnerships and learn more about the Academic Pediatric Association is to get involved as a Region Co-Chair. Each year at PAS we salute our outgoing Co-Chair and introduce a new member-which could be you! Nominations are open now leading up to PAS (email a Co-Chair below).

Save the Date for 2016 Region VI Fall meeting:
Friday, September 30, 2016 at Saint Louis University and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis, MO
Dr. Mary Ottolini, Vice Chair of Medical Education at Children's National, will be our featured speaker during a full-day meeting that will be designed with something for everyone. Drs. Angela Sharkey (Saint Louis University) and Lisa Moscoso (Washington University) will also lead a workshop in mentoring and Dr. Stuart Slavin (Saint Louis University) will run a session on resilience and burnout in medical education. As always, we will have a leadership panel, poster session, lunch and an awesome networking event the night before. Please put this date on your calendar and plan to attend along with others from all over the region.

Region Co-Chairs
Anita Moonjely, MD
University of Iowa Children's Hospital
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: (319) 384-6390
anita-moonjely@uiowa.edu

Matthew Broom, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1465 South Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 268-4150
broomma@slu.edu

Grace Brouillette, DO, MBA
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: (913) 588-6329
gbrouillette@kumc.edu

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Region VII/VIII

Southern Regional Meetings

The Southern Regional Societies Annual Meeting will be held February 18-20, 2016 at the Inter-
Continental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Southern Regional Meetings promote excellence in both clinical and basic investigation. The three-day meeting will begin on Thursday morning with the Cardiovascular Club meeting followed by State-of-the-Art lectures, Mentored Oral Sessions, and afternoon workshops.

Workshops on Thursday and Friday include Manuscript Preparation and Peer-Reviewed Publication, Moving Your Clinical Case Presentation into a Published Manuscript, Conflict Resolution: Lessons from Business, Diplomacy, & Theatre, and How to Design & Give a Workshop, and Career Development for Clinician Educators. Other sessions include a joint plenary poster session, clinical case symposia, Meet the Experts for Breakfast, Concurrent Subspecialty Scientific Sessions, and a joint plenary session entitled "From Molecules to Humans: The Impact of the Microbiome on Obesity and Inflammation." The annual Jazz Luncheon is held on Saturday, which is always a popular event with live jazz and lots of local cuisine. Come join us in New Orleans for fun and stimulating scholarship.

The meeting is sponsored by the Southern Section American Federation for Medical Research, Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, Southern Society for Pediatric Research, Academic Pediatric Association (Regions 7 & 8), American Society of Nutrition, and the Center for Continuing Education at Tulane University Health Sciences Center.

The Hotel cut-off date is January 23, 2016 https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=14047426 and Pre-Registration Deadline is February 17, 2016 https://secure.cme.tulane.edu/ei/getdemo.ei?id=147&s=_57C0K15BK

The full program can be found here - http://www.medpubinc.com/SRM2016_Program.pdf

Jennifer Andrews, MD
UAMS
4301 W. Markham Slot #512-5B
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 296-1397
jpandrews@uams.edu

S. Amanda Dumas, MD, MSc
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
1232 Harmony Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: (205) 999-2344
sadumas@gmail.com

Adam Wolfe, MD, PhD
Children's Hospital of San Antonio - Baylor College of Medicine
315 N. San Saba St, Suite 1135
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (608) 438-9287
adam.wolfe@bcm.edu

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Region IX & X

Dear Region IX and X APA Members,

Our Region IX-X APA Meeting is January 30-31 in Monterey, California.  Please take advantage of visiting this beautiful part of the region and join us for what will be another fantastic meeting.  We have had a record number of scientific abstracts, works in progress, and workshop submissions and are excited to showcase all of the exciting scholarly work that is being done by our colleagues in the region. 

Our meeting format will again include roundtable discussions of scientific abstracts, giving the authors a chance to present and receive feedback on their work.  There will be a handful of abstract oral presentations, a key note address, and ample opportunity for networking with your fellow APA Region IX-X colleagues.

To register for the meeting, and for more information go to Region XI and X Meeting Registration

Hotel information for the conference is here: Hotel Information

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Naval Postgraduate School as follows:
22 Deluxe Queen rooms @ $83/night for those staying 2 nights (Jan 29- Jan 31)
30 Standard Deluxe rooms @ $73/night for those staying 1 night (Jan 30-Jan 31).
If you are interested in these options, please email Rachel Hauser, hansorac@ohsu.edu to be added to the group list BY JANUARY 14th. Please include in your email your first and last name (along with the names of any persons staying with you), arrival and departure dates, and if applicable, military branch and pay grade.Our group list will be submitted on January 15, after which you will receive a confirmation and instructions for payment from Rachel.

We would also like to introduce our new region IX-X Co-Chairs, Gina French, Michelle Thompson and Jenny Reese, who are joining Mandy Allison.  We look forward to meeting you in Monterey!

Gina French, MD
Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children
Director, Pediatrics Outpatient Clinic
Division Director, Community Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
1319 Punahou Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
Gina.french@kapiolani.org

Michelle Thompson
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
MThompson@chla.usc.edu

Jenny Reese, MD
Medical Director | Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics |Pediatric Hospital Medicine  
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Inpatient Medical Director | Children's Hospital Colorado 
Jennifer.reese@childrenscolorado.org

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Special Interest Groups
Ethics

Dear Ethics SIG members,
We hope you had a great Holiday season!

As the year goes along we are also working on our next PAS meeting schedule in April-May 2015. We have identified the topics and speakers. This year we will be focusing on ethical issues in decision making for life sustaining therapies in pediatrics. Our speakers are John Lantos, Benjamin Wilfond, and Stefanie Benoit. Our session will be on April 30 at 3-5 pm. You will get more info in our next newsletter.

We are also proud to announce the fifth APA Ethics SIG Essay Contest. Info is below.

We wish you and your families a happy and healthy New Year!

Zeynep Salih, M.D., MA
Indiana University School of Medicine
Riley Hospital for Children
zsalih@iupui.edu

Adrian Lavery, MD, MPH
Loma Linda University
Children's Hospital
ALavery@llu.edu

Ethics SIG essay contest:
The contest is open to all pediatric residents and pediatric subspecialty fellows (including pediatric surgical fellows). Essays should focus on the ethical issues that residents and fellows face while caring for patients. Topics may include but not limited to personal narratives of ethical dilemmas faced in training or practice or scholarly presentations of issues related to organizational, interprofessional or global health ethics.

Essays should be between 800 to 1600 words. Essays longer than 1700 words will be disqualified without review. Essays must be original and unpublished works. If multiple authors, the award will be shared. All co-authors should provide demographic information (training status) and role in manuscript preparation.

Two awards will be offered. Awards are intended to be used as travel awards to attend the PAS meeting.

1st Place - $200
2nd Place - $100

The winning essays will be read at the PAS meeting in Baltimore, MD and will be published in APA website as part of Ethics SIG newsletter in July 2016. If the resident or fellow will be attending PAS in Baltimore they may present their paper themselves.

Deadline: March 10, 2016
Submit essays to: zsalih@iupui.edu
We wish you all the best in your writings in ethics!

 

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Evidence-Based Pediatrics

Hope everyone had Happy Holidays!

Save the date! Our EBP SIG session will be on Sunday, May 1, from 8 - 11 AM!

We have exciting updates on EBP projects and plans for our upcoming meeting at PAS.

Our survey regarding the use of medical librarians was accepted and sent out through the APPD Research Task Force, to all all pediatric program directors. Responses are still coming in. We hope to share some results with the group at the May meeting. Thanks to all who helped us to pilot this, and to all participants!

We are finalizing plans for our upcoming meeting: The agenda is almost set - - it promises to be an exciting one! Speakers include:

PEDIATRIC DOGMAS - WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE?
Ricardo Quinonez, MD

DEVELOPING EVIDENCE-BASED ORDER SETS: SEE ONE, DO ONE, TEACH ONE
Sarah Mennito, MD

A MULTIFACETED LEARNER-SPECIFIC LONGITUDINAL EBM CURRICULUM
Chrystal Wittcopp, MD, et al

BRIEF PRESENTATIONS on EBP CURRICULA/LESSONS LEARNED BY TRAINEES
Heather N. Anderson, MD, Ana L. Creo, MD, and others

We look forward to seeing you all at PAS. Do feel free to e mail us with ideas, projects, future speakers.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Baltimore!

Rachel Boykan, MD
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 444-7884
rachel.boykan@stonybrookmedicine.edu

Kimberley Dilley, MD, MPH
4440 W 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (773) 412-7004
kimberley.dilley@advocatehealth.com

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Newborn Nursery

Happy New Year to all our members. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Baltimore this spring. Our Newborn Nursery SIG meeting will be held on Monday May 2nd 8:30-11:30 AM. We are very excited to announce that our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Richard A. Polin from Columbia University. He will speak on neonatal hypoglycemia management. We will also have a Quality Improvement talk on neonatal abstinence syndrome by Dr. Alison V Holmes and Dr. Bonny L. Whalen from The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. There will be time to network, discuss poster presentations and plan group projects for the upcoming year. Please bring your ideas and your enthusiasm as we discuss issues relevant to all of our members. Also, please note that all abstracts submitted to PAS for consideration will be eligible for the SIG poster presentation. Please e-mail us your abstracts!

We are also very pleased to announce that our new co-chair for the Newborn SIG will be Dr. Jaspreet Loyal who is the Director of the Newborn Nursery at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. She will begin her three-year term after the spring meeting. We look forward to welcoming her to the SIG leadership. Esther, who has been Co-Chair for the past three years, will continue as an active member.

Thanks to all for the terrific response in the call-for-participants. We have over 35 members interested in helping out with the Newborn Nursery physician paper - our first meeting is this week! Questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Mary Ann & Esther

Esther Chung, MD, MPH
Jefferson Peds/Nemours - Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 861-8800
esther.chung@nemours.org

Mary Ann LoFrumento, MD
100 Madison Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 97-8686
maryann.lofrumento@atlantichealth.org

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Patient and Family Centered Care

We are excited to share plans for the upcoming Patient and Family Centered-Care (PFCC) Special Interest Group (SIG) at PAS 2016 in Baltimore. This year we will partner with the Medical Informatics and Electronic Health Records (EHR) SIG in a joint session entitled: "Patient-Centered Care through Health IT. "We will host speakers with experience using health IT tools, like patient portals and patient-facing applications, to promote patient and family engagement and conduct patient- and family-centered research. Small group breakout sessions, abstract viewing and opportunities for networking will follow these short presentations.

We look forward to our upcoming session at PAS on Saturday, April 30th from 3 to 5pm in Baltimore. If you would like to collaborate on a PFCC project or have feedback or questions, feel free to email us. We appreciate your interest in this SIG and hope that it continues to enable collaboration to promote PFCC!

SIG Co-Chairs:

Michelle Kelly, MD
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792
Phone: (608) 262-7229
mkelly@pediatrics.wisc.edu

Kristin Voos, MD
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: (216) 844-3606
kristin.voos@uhhospitals.org

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Pediatric Tobacco Issues

Greetings from the Tobacco Issues Special Interest Group co-chairs! We are very excited and honored to be stepping into this role. We would first like to thank Kevin Nelson and Deepa Camenga for their years of leadership as SIG co-chairs.

We are looking forward to seeing you at PAS in Baltimore April 30th through May 3rd. The Tobacco Issues SIG Session will be Monday, May 2nd from 8:30-11:30 AM with a theme of "Hot Topics in Tobacco." Top on our agenda of "Hot Topics" is the rise of emerging tobacco products such as ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems). The popularity of ENDS threatens the decrease in tobacco use and exposure among children and adolescents that have been made over the decades. We are planning for an interactive session with opportunities to touch and feel different ENDS and to network with colleagues from around the nation. A summary of our agenda for the SIG session includes:

Electronic Cigarettes: What Do We Know? Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH
The Inside Story of Electronic Cigarette Marketing Ray Niaura, PhD
Tobacco Hot Topics Potpourri Karen Wilson, MD, MPH

(includes Tobacco 21, liquid nicotine health risks and child-resistant packaging legislation, FDA Deeming Regulations on Tobacco Products)

For those of you who can't get enough about tobacco issues, we are also chairing a session May 3rd 9:45-11:45 AM on "Tobacco in the 21st Century: Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping." Feel free to send us your thoughts or ideas for future PAS SIG sessions and how we can best meet the needs of our SIG! Also, check out our webpage on the APA website at: Pediatric Tobacco Issues

Hope to see you in Baltimore!

Susan Walley, MD, CTTS, FAAP
University of Alabama at Birmingham/Children's of Alabama
1600 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: (205-638-9921
swalley@peds.uba.edu

Jyothi Marbin, MD, FAAP
University of California San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco CA 94110
(415)206-3085
Jyothi.Marbin@ucsf.edu

Healthcare Value

This report from the Healthcare Value SIG provides updates on 2 SIG-related activities: one - the PedsValue modules, and two - the Value of Stories contest for the May 2016 PAS meeting in Baltimore.

PedsValue modules
Health care costs are expected to continue their meteoric rise in 2016, and pediatric care costs are rising faster than costs for patients of any other age. Many assume that the costs of care for children are negligible, but the average family now pays over $2,500 per child annually for health care, and that rate has increased by nearly $400 dollars in the last 5 years. This increased cost is straining the typical American family, whose real earnings have been stagnant for a decade. And what benefit does the average family see for paying this ballooning price tag? Improvements in pediatric health care quality have been very incremental and the change in health of children in this country on the whole has been almost imperceptible when compared to the escalating costs. Will the price of child health care become so steep for some families that the value isn't enough to justify the cost? There is already some evidence that many families feeling the economic pinch already cut back on health care use.

So, how do we stem the tide of growing costs in pediatrics? To start, pediatricians, faculty, and trainees can learn techniques to help them practice high value medicine, defined as the highest quality and most cost-effective care. Leaders of the APA's Health Care Value SIG have spearheaded the creation of a new series of learning modules on high value care in pediatrics -- the PedsValue Modules. These modules, supported by a generous grant from the UCSF Center for Health Care Value, have been authored by a team of pediatric experts in high value care across the country, with extensive peer-review solicited from the HCV SIG members. The modules will build learners' expertise in high value care concepts and prepare them for high value management of common specific pediatric conditions. The modules will be launched and freely accessible in the Spring of 2016. For details on how to access the PedsValue modules, stay tuned to the APA's Health Care Value SIG.

Value of Stories contest for PAS
We are excited for our first ever Health Care Value SIG session at PAS this year, which will feature talks by two prominent authors about patient and family perspectives on value followed by presentations from the Value of Stories contest. More details can be found about this contest on our SIG website. Briefly, trainees are encouraged to submit stories to Alan Schroeder (alan.schroeder@hhs.sccgov.org) by 2/1/15 detailing a story involving a pediatric patient who received low-value care - including discussion of the drivers and consequences of the low-value care and how such care can be prevented in the future. Top stories will be given the opportunity to present during the session and to publish their stories in the "Bending the Value Curve" section of Hospital Pediatrics.

Adam Schickedanz, MD
384 28th St
San Francisco, CA 94131
Phone: (314) 303-3309
Adam.Schickedanz@gmail.com

Alan Schroeder, MD
891 La Para Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: (408) 885-3612
aschroe.md@gmail.com

Announcements
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau

How the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Addresses Adolescent and Young Adult Health: A Snapshot of Programs

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has a long track record of formal programs that address adolescent health. School-based strategies form an important part of MCHB’s portfolio. This article summarizes current activities.

The MCH Title V Block Grant addresses adolescent health in two ways. The large majority of states support the position of State Adolescent Health Coordinator. There is considerable variation across states in the types of programming addressed by this position, but teen pregnancy prevention is currently the modal issue. In addition, the size of states’ adolescent health programs varies. Individual state adolescent health coordinators receive supportive resources from the National Network of State Adolescent Health Coordinators (NNSAHC), which itself is supported by the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center. URL: http://nnsahc.org

The transformation of the MCH Title V Bock Grant includes a new set of national performance measures (NPMs) that are organized by MCH population health domain. Adolescence is recognized as one of the six identified domains. Each state and jurisdiction is required to select at least one of the four NPMs formally designated to address an important adolescent health issue as part of its 5-year State Action Plan for addressing its priority needs. URL: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/titlevgrants/stateactionplans.html#DE

  • NPM #7: Injury prevention (rate of hospitalization for non-fatal injury/100,000 population children ages 0 through 9 and adolescents 10 through 19) – 28 states and jurisdictions
  • NPM #8: Physical activity (percent of children ages 6 through 11 and adolescents ages 12 through 17 who are physically active at least 60 minutes a day) – 27 states and jurisdictions
  • NPM #9: Bullying (percent of adolescents ages 12 through 17 who are bullied or who bully others) – 17 states and jurisdictions
  • NPM #10: Adolescent well-visit (percent of adolescents ages 12 through 17 with a preventive medicine visit in the past year) – 38 states and jurisdictions

The Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center (AYAH-NRC) promotes the comprehensive healthy development, health, safety and well-being of adolescents and young adults, ages 10-25 years, and addresses their major health issues by strengthening the capacity of State Title V MCH Programs, and their public health and clinical partners, to better serve these population groups. Using the methodology of a state-based collaborative improvement and innovation network (CoIIN), a type of learning collaborative with shared accountability, it focuses on five priority areas: Access and use of health services; quality; integration of state public health systems, health care delivery systems, insurers, and community efforts; equity; and accountability through monitoring population-level health, safety and well-being and measuring state-specific performance. The AYAH-NRC also provides technical assistance and resources to the states and jurisdictions that have selected NPM #10, the proportion of adolescents with a preventive medicine visit in the past year. The AYAH-NRC develops resources relevant to its areas of focus. The awardee is the University of California, San Francisco, which works closely with its three partnering sub-recipients, the University of Minnesota’s State Adolescent Health Resource Center, the University of Vermont College of Medicine’s National Improvement Partnership Network, and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. This cooperative agreement program, which has a project period of 2014-2018, is administered by MCHB’s Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, and the total annual investment is $1.35 million. URL: Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center

The MCH Research Network on Adolescent and Young Adult Health was inaugurated in 2014 to support the creation of a transdisciplinary, multisite research network with the goal of accelerating the translation of developmental science into MCH practice, promoting scientific collaboration, and developing additional research capacity in the field of adolescent health. It emphasizes access to and quality of adolescent health care, integration of behavioral health into primary care settings, developmental neuroscience, developmental transitions, and medically underserved populations. The single awardee, which has a project period of 2014-2017, is the University of California, San Francisco. Funded by MCHB’s Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health and administered by MCHB’s Office of Epidemiology and Research/Division of Research, the total investment for this cooperative agreement program is $320,000 per year. URL: MCH Research Network

Launched in 1977, the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program provides interdisciplinary leadership training and faculty development in adolescent health for five core disciplines: Medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, and social work. The LEAH Program prepares advanced long-term trainees for leadership roles in academic, public health and public policy sectors and ensures high levels of clinical competence. Training encompasses a wide range of concerns affecting the health and well-being of adolescents, including biological, developmental, mental and behavioral health, social, economic, and environmental issues. The seven awardees include: Boston Children’s Hospital, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California, San Francisco, University of Minnesota, and University of Washington. The current project period is 2012-2017 and the program is administered by MCHB’s Division of MCH Workforce Development. The total investment is approximately $2.6 million per year. URL: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/training/projects.asp

The National Center on Health Care Transition for Youth with Special Health Care Needs serves as a national resource for health care professionals, families, youth, and state policy makers focusing on the transition of young adults, particularly those with special health care needs (SHCN), from pediatric to adult systems of health care services. It improves the transition process by increasing the number of clinicians with the knowledge and skills to care for this population in the adult system of care. Examples of key activities of this program include: Supporting efforts to equip youth and young adults, especially those with SHCN, with knowledge and skills to promote self-determination and successfully navigate adult systems of care; promoting training for pediatric residents, medical students and graduate-level students in clinical and public health training programs in the relevant core competencies; promoting policies and practices to assure youth and young adults, especially those with SHCN, access to uninterrupted quality health care through a medical home; developing youth and parent leadership in advocating for needed transition supports and participating in transition quality improvement efforts; promoting relevant health system measurement, performance, and payment policies; and serving as a clearinghouse for current transition information, tools, and resources. The awardee, which has a project period of 2013-2018, is the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. This cooperative agreement program is administered by MCHB’s Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs and the total annual investment is $436,000. URL: http://www.gottransition.org/

The Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on School-Based Health Services improves the quality of school-based health centers (SBHCs) and comprehensive school mental health systems (CSMHSs) and both expands the number of students served and improves the sustainability of SBHCs and CSMHSs through the spread of innovative and practical policy and finance approaches. Key program strategies include: Developing and implementing field-generated standardized national performance measures; using learning collaboratives to set common aims and benchmarks, develop coordinated strategies, apply rapid test cycles with real-time data, and support capacity building; providing technical assistance nationwide to states and communities and organizations regarding policy and finance approaches for developing and sustaining these two types of programs; and ensuring active use of findings and promising practices by constituents. The project period of this cooperative agreement is 2014-2018. The awardee is the School-Based Health Alliance, which works closely with its partnering sub-recipient, the Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine. The program is administered by MCHB’s Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health, and the total annual investment is $700,000. URL: Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on School-Based Health Services

Workshops

What You Can Do to Prevent Environmental Hazards from Harming Children

Workshop before the International Congress of Pediatrics
Vancouver, British Columbia
August 17, 2016
8 am - 4 pm

The International Pediatric Association (IPA) is sponsoring this 1-day workshop on August 17 in Vancouver. The International Congress of Pediatrics will be held on August 17-22. The workshop is designed for pediatricians who want to learn how to protect children from hazards in the environment and those who plan to teach other providers about children's health and the environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to be an advocate for children and protect them from hazards in the environment;
  • Identify risks to children from secondhand smoke, chemicals (e.g. lead, mercury, pesticides), air, water and food contaminants, emerging issues (e.g. global climate change), and other environmental hazards;
  • Describe how to recognize, diagnose, prevent and manage adverse effects linked to these environmental risk factors;
  • Describe why children may be at increased risk of adverse health outcomes and developmental consequences from environmental exposures to chemical, physical and biological agents;
  • Describe when and how the fetus, the child and the adolescent may be exposed to environmental hazards in different rural and urban settings;

If you are interested in attending, detailed information can be found here: http://www.ipa2016.com/

Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD
retzel@earthlink.net